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Interview with Dermot Mulroney

  • This is a big episode for Amy and Jeff, both professionally and romantically. What is it he sees in her?

  • On the surface, they share a passionate outlook on life and both believe in grasping onto the slimmest possibilities of improving life on earth. She's kind of hot and harried and certainly available. I don't think he's overthinking it too much.

  • Mike White said in a recent Inside the Episode that their relationship is a little like that of the high school quarterback who feeds off the attention of the wide-eyed freshman girl.

  • Yeah. He's definitely into his own hero worship. It doesn't take much for him to reveal how many Twitter followers he has. He also casually drops into conversation that he's a Princeton grad and spent some time in the Peace Corps.

  • Jeff has covered stories around the globe and about all kinds of subjects. What's his interest in Abaddonn?

  • He's a man who cares about preserving the quality of life on earth as best he can, so he's always going to rat out the bad guys, the polluters, the civil rights-offenders. Corporate evil is anathema to him.

  • What other kind of stories has he reported on?

  • I could picture him as a war correspondent. Or if there was a horrible chemical spill somewhere, he'd be there to sop up the glory of reporting on it. He sees himself as an old-style "hero journalist."

  • Where does Jeff go after this story breaks?

  • You know the episode where Jeff invites Amy to join him at the fundraising event with all the "issue" people? They were played by real activists. There's a passion that these people carry and you can see it in them. He'll be looking for the next person with that look in their eye-that frantic zealotry.